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FIFA presidency election to be held next February

By Jenny Kirkham

Fifa has announced that it will hold its Extraordinary Congress to elect a new president on February 26 next year.

UEFA boss Michel Platini has been encouraged by many world football chiefs to stand stand for the presidency.

Platini has yet to make a final decision but sources say Asia has swung behind Europe, South America and CONCACAF in supporting the Frenchman to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Platini held talks in Zurich on Sunday night with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, and as significantly with Kuwait's FIFA executive member Sheikh Ahmed Al Sabah of Kuwait.

If Blatter does stay in power until February 26 - and several FIFA figures including Platini and England's David Gill want him to quit as soon as possible - it means he will have worked at FIFA for 40 years.

Blatter announced his resignation on June 2, four days after he was re-elected, amid two corruption allegations.

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